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Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Just yesterday we talked about Evrythng pushing for "The Internet of Things" involving the digital interconnectedness of all physical objects around us, well Ericsson has long had an even grander vision applied to growing urban areas in what the company calls its Networked Society Project. Recently, they've delved deeper into this initiative with a new video called "Thinking Cities" to show the potential beauty of information and communication technology when deeply woven into cities backed by positive motives.

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Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release

Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release

Before you have a heart attack over the undeniable excellence that would be a real live hovering Hover Board from Back to the Future: Part II, note that this one doesn't QUITE float yet. Instead we get an assurance that this Hover Board does not work on water and that the price for this 1:1 replica will indeed be produced by Mattel and will be released in a "minimum orders required" fashion. This means that because the creation of this item is so costly to Mattel, they're requiring that a minimum number of pre-orders be placed before they go into production.

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Chemists create first envelopes for artificial life

Chemists create first envelopes for artificial life

Through a rather simple chemical reaction, chemists at the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University have created self-assembling cell membranes, these pre-cursors to artificially creating life. Though it might not sit well with the god-fearing citizens of Earth, these chemists, Neal Devaraj and Itay Budin, have published a report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society which details their important step in creating an artificial cell. Should they succeed, they'll be the first (or the second if you count the big bang and its good friends here on the planet, to create a living organism from non-living molecules.

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Microsoft Productivity Future Vision (2011) released [Video]

Microsoft Productivity Future Vision (2011) released [Video]

In what's becoming a lovely trend from manufacturers all over the map, videos showing conceptual futures where technology has completely transformed the way we go about our daily lives have been emerging - this newest one comes from Microsoft who sees one magical gadget after another, after another. Earlier this month there was a video by the name of "Microsoft Office Labs Vision 2019," now there's one called "Productivity Future Vision (2011)," both of them fantastically edited and made to make devices impossible to make with today's technology seem rather possible by sight.

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Holodesk lets users interact with holograms

Holodesk lets users interact with holograms

If you look at all the surface computing systems that Microsoft is working on it is easy to see what the folks there think the future of computing will be. Microsoft thinks the future will be touch interfaces and the ability to interact with virtual constructs with your own hands. The latest cool example of the future tech that Microsoft Research is working in has surfaced and it is called Holodesk.

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New cinema glasses breakthrough will let the deaf watch films with no subtitles

New cinema glasses breakthrough will let the deaf watch films with no subtitles

Those of us that can hear don't understand what it's like to not be able to hear at all or not be able to hear well. My grandfather used to have to turn the TV up as loud as it would go to hear what was being said. The rest of us couldn’t be in the same room when he watched. Many shows on TV today can be subtitled if the viewer needs, but few movies in the theater are subtitled.

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New sensor tech uses vibrations to charge its battery

New sensor tech uses vibrations to charge its battery

I have long said that one of the technologies with the most promise to change our world is battery tech. The batteries that last longer and charge faster are key elements to improve everything from smartphones to cars. A company called MicroGen Systems has been developing cool battery tech for small, low power sensors that generates power for its on-board battery by harnessing vibrations. These batteries are ideal for low power sensors like the ones in late model cars that power the TMPS system that monitors tire pressures.

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Near-space adventures coming via giant balloons?

Near-space adventures coming via giant balloons?

When I always dreamed about going into space, it was aboard a rocket, not a gigantic balloon. A company called zero2infinity founded by one José Mariano López-Urdiales has plans to take people on near-space trips as soon as mid-decade. The goal is to use a gigantic 400-foot diameter balloon to take people to 22-miles above the earth.

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